Not Wanyama: Celtic boosted in superstar chase, as report confirms contract rejection

Sheffield United are flying high in the Premier League at the moment. The newly-promoted Championship side currently occupy an Europa League spot in the Premier League table and could soon find their up into the top 4, with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side looking likely to slip down soon owing to the Blues poor run of form.

However, the Blades have been dealt a huge blow recently with one of their highly-rated youngster, David Parkhouse, rejecting a contract extension.

According to reports, the 21-year-old is said to be in the last six months of his contract with the club and Sheffield United had offered him a twelve month contract extension. Parkhouse, however, rejected the offer and could consider plying his trade elsewhere.

Celtic are reportedly interested in his services along with Everton and Blackburn Rovers but a move to Celtic does appear the more attractive proposition for Parkhouse though, given how the Hoops are still in Europe and will be competing for the league title this season.

Parkhouse, who netted 19 goals on loan at Derry City last season, wanting to explain his reason behind his decision, told Sheffield United News:

“I haven’t turned it down out of disrespect to Sheffield United. But you have to sit down and look at where your future is going to lie.

“I’ve been up with the first team since I’ve been back, I’ve been training and done well. But I have to assess whether there will be a breakthrough for me in the team at some point.

“Looking at it now, there’s not really going to be that opportunity. I know injuries can sometimes give you a chance, but you can’t sit back and bank on injuries happening.

“I’m by no means being cocky or thinking I’m bigger than Sheffield United, because I know I’m not. But I know my worth, as well. I know where I want to be at this moment in time. And what I’ve been offered just isn’t for me at the minute.”

Celtic are strongly expected to strengthen their team in January, with Edouard in particular in need of an ideal quality backup after receiving no help from Griffiths and Bayo in the first half of the season.

Although, Celtic signing Parkhouse should not be expected to break into the team’s first-team fold immediately but he might come good playing as second fiddle to Edouard.

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Author: chris darwen